Handmade Gifts…Are the Best!

Christmas is over and 2015 is coming to an end…didn’t it go by SO fast!!? This year I was lucky enough to give some special gifts for Christmas. As my nieces get older they are getting harder and harder to shop for. One of my nieces got new bedding for her bedroom. Her walls are a pretty teal and her new bedding is yellow and gray with a little teal accent. My sister suggested I get something for her to hang on her wall. I looked and looked but couldn’t find anything I was happy with! Then it hit me, MAKE HER SOMETHING! Duh…seriously.

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I found the perfect frame at Joanne’s and I had the background paper in my stash. I used Wordle to create the word cloud with her name and meaning. Then I rearranged it a bit in InkScape and saved it as an .svg file to cut out in my Silhouette Cameo. Once I put it all together, the frame was missing something. The blank white mat was bugging me…it was too plain jane for my taste. I had corresponding paper to the yellow background with, yep you guessed it, teal circles. PERFECT!! My niece was very happy with her gift.

My wonderful, amazing friend Leslie, gave me the idea for a gift for my almost 18 year old niece. And what a fantastic idea it was! She loves jewelry so I knew this was a perfect gift for her. I found a simple white ceramic square bowl at Target. I cut out the vinyl in my Silhouette and then added that extra personal touch by adding her name to the dish. What a fantastic and functional gift to give! She LOVED it!

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In case you are wondering, I used aka Dora font, and I get my vinyl from Amazon. I used Gold Metallic by Expressions Vinyl. You can get yours here. I also used Expressions Vinyl in Glossy Black also, that you can get here also.

I hope you enjoyed these projects! They were a lot of fun to make! As always feel free to leave me a comment or ask me any questions!

Happy New Year Everyone! Bring on 2016, I can’t wait!

Andie

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